The new rules have been brought in after a great deal of consideration and discussion, with ordinary plotholders on the Working Group being fully consulted and their ideas put first.
The council does not want to make it difficult for people to water their allotments. However careful monitoring of water use has shown that those few people who use hoses consume water out of all proportion to the good it does to their plots. They not only use far, far more than their neighbours, their crops are not usually noticeably that much better for it. It is clear that, compared to those who water with cans, a huge percentage of the water put on by hose simply evaporates and does the plants little good.
The water supplied to the allotments is metered drinking water just the same as comes out of your kitchen tap at home. The cost of this water forms a large part of the costs of running the allotments. The council does not want to have to charge us for water, as they understand this would mean the careful gardeners paying for the water wasted by others, and would be very unpopular. However, with the pressure on the budgets increasing every year, we have a choice: reduce water usage or pay a substantial charge for using it.
What do you do if you see someone using a hose or sprinkler to water?
What do you do if you have a physical disability which means it will be difficult to use cans?
- Talk to your site rep or speak to Eileen Law at the council. firstname.lastname@example.org, 01233 330528
The council is looking into finding a source of very cheap water butts for plotholders.
Important Announcement regarding Water usage
Following the open meeting on the 20th of July where water usage was discussed it was agreed that rather than charging plot holders for water it would be better to find ways of
reducing the water usage. If we can reduce water usage by 25% over the next year we would be able to avoid charging plot holders.
A few ways of achieving this are shown below.
Firstly, watering plots using a hose pipe will no longer be allowed. However, you can use a hose pipe to fill water butts/ watering cans/barrels. We have been made aware that on
several sites there are tenants who use hose pipes and leave them watering their plots for hours at a time. The water is for all tenants to use and therefore everyone should be able to
access it. Sprinklers are not allowed at any time. We understand that this may be difficult for some and if you feel that you will not be able to cope using this system please speak to your site rep who will discuss it with you to see what can be done to assist you.
Secondly, Encourage the use of water butts and rainwater collection from sheds etc. This will ensure that you have water on your plot and not have to carry it any distance. There are many useful tips on the Ashford Allotment Society’s Website
(Click here to go to that page)
The Working Group are continuing to meet once a month to search out other ways to improve the Allotment Service and will feed back to the Allotment Society any ideas. Please share any ideas you may have with your site representative who can pass them on to me, or email me at Allotments@ashford.gov.uk to put them forward to the working group for consideration.
Let's work together to improve the Allotment Service